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London Calling for Tony
On Tuesday 28th November, at the stunning surroundings of the Guildhall, London, Tony Coote of Lambton Lodge, was made a Freeman of the City of London at the Chamberlain’s Court in a prestigious ceremony.
Tony is a member of the Cambridge University Heraldry and Genealogical society and was proposed and seconded by members of London’s ancient Livery Companies. The privilege of becoming a Freeman of the City of London is awarded to those who have achieved notable success in their chosen field and is attained by few. Tony is one of just 1800 Freemen who are admitted each year, and he received his certificate from the Clerk to the Chamberlain of the City of London at a formal ceremony at the Guildhall.
On the day itself, Tony was welcomed at the Reception of the Chamberlain’s Court by the Beadle and taken by him to the ante-room, whereby he was given an explanation of the ceremony that was to unfold. The ceremony itself was then conducted by the Clerk to the Chamberlain’s Court, Mr Murray Craig. Tony was required read the Declaration of a Freeman, swearing allegiance to the Queen, support for the Lord Mayor and to keep the peace. Tony then signed the Register of Freemen and was congratulated by the Clerk who formally declared Tony ‘a Freeman of the City of London’.
Tony was then taken on a tour of the court-room, and shown such memorabilia as prints of the procession which took place on the occasion of William Pitt, then Prime Minister, being made a Freeman. In addition, Tony was shown a photograph of Sir Nicholas Winton, MBE, who was made a Freeman at the grand old age of 106, holding his certificate in his wheelchair. Sir Nicholas was the civil servant who rescued many Jewish children from the Nazis and got them out to the UK, just before the start of the Second World War.
Tony was delighted to be nominated as a Freeman of the City of London and thoroughly enjoyed the day. Well done Tony
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